10 Steps to a Clutter Free Home

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8/20/2013 12:00 PM   :  14 comments   :  19,268 Views

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Keep countertops free of items that don't belong there. Sort and file mail every day and hang up garments after taking them off. Encourage your kids to do the same with their clothes and toys, says Regina Leeds, author of One Year to an Organized Life.
 
Spend Just a Few Minutes a Day Decluttering

Brooks Palmer, author of Clutter Busting, suggests setting a timer for at least 15 minutes to help you keep disorder in check. "Start small and do it on a regular basis," he says. For example, sift through a stack of papers on your desk for recycling or deep-six that jumble of expired spices. And if you have to stop mid-project, go back to it the next day. 

Carve Out a Place to Store Bulk Items

Instead of cramming multiple rolls of paper towels into a kitchen cupboard, add a shelf in your garage or clear out a corner in the hall closet for back stock. Only purchase what you really need and have plenty of space to store.

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  • 14
    Ill be moving to NYC in 6 months. With my newfound super tiny apartment I need to find a way to declutter. - 12/13/2013   7:45:33 AM
  • 13
    Decluttering seems to be a major activity these days - mostly from junk mail. As for all the other clutter, I just keep in mind my objectives and only keep around what I need now. Everything else gets put away, given away, or thrown away. - 11/5/2013   10:26:17 AM
  • DELLMEL
    12
    I am going to give this to all my boy's ladies. Thanks - 8/29/2013   4:38:37 PM
  • DELLMEL
    11
    I am going to give this to all my boy's ladies. Thanks - 8/29/2013   4:38:36 PM
  • DELLMEL
    10
    I am going to give this to all my boy's ladies. Thanks - 8/29/2013   2:42:23 PM
  • WARMSTRONG2
    9
    I gave this to my wife - 8/26/2013   10:03:48 AM
  • 8
    In truth, you have to be ruthless and decisive ... except for your important personal papers, keepsakes, collections and mementos, if you have not used the item in over six months - toss. Old routine bills - after a year - toss.

    I used to be a pack rat. Of course, living in an average sized (= 330 s.f.) studio rental apartment in New York City, I go by the "other than the furniture, will the stuff I own fit in a small van?" rule of thumb ... - 8/22/2013   11:54:09 AM
  • 7
    Won't let me go past the membership thing either...ah, well. Rather than reading I should probably just start on organizing. I'm fairly certain it is only by defying gravity that nothing falls out on me when I open the closets... - 8/22/2013   11:17:27 AM
  • DRTOVAH
    6
    Article was a good start, the link took me to some other useful organizing articles - 8/21/2013   3:18:55 PM
  • 5
    Didn't work for me either...kept asking for membership. I hate that. I want to read the article dang it, not constantly close pop ups. - 8/21/2013   10:33:54 AM
  • 4
    So I clicked a link which took me to another link, which prompted me to sign up for a membership... Sigh. - 8/20/2013   9:25:16 PM
  • SJHORNBERGER
    3
    Click the link for the 10 steps. - 8/20/2013   11:57:35 AM
  • CANDACE6B
    2
    How is that ten steps? Haha. Regardless, good advice. - 8/20/2013   10:13:56 AM
  • BANNERMAN
    1
    Thanks for sharing. - 8/20/2013   1:53:06 AM

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